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After a yes vote in September’s referendum the two countries are brought to the brink of the first Anglo-Scottish war for five centuries by a menacing deadlock over whether the pound will survive north of the border. Scotland has seized control of Trident.

The Wales team pictured in training this week

Jones returns to find Welsh thinking big

The 6ft 7in second row is not much larger than most of his backs. James Corrigan considers whether size really is everything

Carl Froch is one of Britain’s best and most intelligent boxers

Bunce on Boxing: All bets are off as Froch gambles with his career

The perfect bad ending to an extraordinary weekend of boxing was provided yesterday when the former world champion – and arguably Britain's best active fighter – Carl Froch revealed that he had held up an opponent in order to determine a fight's ending in 2005.

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Call to axe free OAP bus travel

Pensioners should be stripped of free bus travel as part of a £15 billion of immediate extra savings to boost the economy, a think tank said.

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A bit steep? Fans may pay to see Olympic bike race

Great Britain's Mark Cavendish will be hoping to bag the first gold medal of the Olympics in the cycling road race this summer.

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Keough, left, in 1952

Harry Keough: Footballer who helped beat England

Harry Keough, who played for the US team that shocked the football world by beating England at the 1950 World Cup, died on 7 February at his home in St Louis at the age of 84. A defender who scored one goal in 19 appearances for the US from 1949-57, Keough coached Saint Louis University to five NCAA titles. He was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1976.

The Recruiting Officer, Donmar Warehouse, London

Sam Mendes was a hard act to follow as inaugural artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse.  But Michael Grandage overcame that difficulty with flamboyantly flying colours.

Celtic and Rangers fans try to make their voices heard

Celtic play down knock-on effect of Rangers administration

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell believes fans would continue backing the club in big numbers in the absence of Old Firm rivals Rangers.

Rangers fans show off at Ibrox, but years of spending have caught up with the Glasgow giants

Tax fears leave Rangers 10 days from meltdown

Imminent administration and collapse stalks one of Britain's biggest clubs. Robin Scott-Elliot asks how and why

Rangers fans show off at Ibrox, but years of spending have caught up with the Glasgow giants

Rangers 10 days from financial meltdown

Imminent prospect of administration and collapse stalks club, says Robin Scott-Elliot

Ben Ainslie was furious

Ben Ainslie escapes penalty after jumping aboard television boat

Britain’s top prospect for Olympic sailing glory has come through unscathed following an official inquiry into his disqualification from a world championship regatta in Australia in December.

British Library starts videogame website archive project

Curators at The British Library have begun the process of archiving videogame websites to preserve gaming culture for future generations.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee